Engineering, Mining and Heavy Industries

WA approves $18m Rio expansion

Western  Australian minister for state development Bill Marmion says an $18 million development at Rio Tinto’s Western Turner Syncline mine will provide 40 jobs during construction.

The Western Turner Syncline development proposal was approved last week under the Iron Ore (Hamersley Range) Agreement Act 1963.

The proposal covers the development of iron ore deposits at the Rio mine, which is near Tom Price in the Pilbara.

“The Western Turner Syncline production capacity is currently 25 million tonnes to 30 million tonnes per year,” Marmion said.

“The approval will ensure Rio Tinto can maintain this level of production by bringing new sources of ore online.

“This is great news for resources and great news for Western Australian jobs.

“The development proposal was approved under a State Agreement and clearly shows these agreements ensure WA remains an attractive place for investment and continued development.”

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